INGPRO (Incidence des Gestes sur la Prononciation)

Avatar used in the project, developed at Archean Labs

The issue of associating gesture and speech in a second language learning context (L2) emerged from a workshop organized by the project partners involved at different levels in L2 learning. Starting from a first reflection on the technical possibilities of combining gesture production and pronunciation learning, several international academic experts in the field of (1) gesture analysis, (2) language acquisition, (3) link between didactic and digital processing were invited at IRIT in October 2017, to discuss this matter. The company Archean Technologies, involved in language learning software, was also asked to participate to give its industrial point of view on the following questions: “What do we know about the role of gesture while acquiring the pronunciation of a foreign language? How can we study and measure this link? “. That is how the idea of the INGPRO project emerged. Our proposal was submitted and accepted in 2018 as a Regional Council Project (Occitanie).

INGPRO aims at proposing a methodology that can answer these questions, validate the underlying assumptions and integrate the software functionalities into an experimental platform in order to carry out a set of tests for a wide audience of learners. During this two-year project we will demonstrate the feasibility of our innovative proposal.

(Taken from the project’s website)

Leonardo Contreras Roa
Leonardo Contreras Roa
Associate Professor in English Phonetics and Phonology

Phonetician and English teacher, PhD in Linguistics